The Christmas Window

Publisher: Cardinal Press, LLC

Formats: eBook, print 

ASIN: TBD

ISBN: 978-1-944777-08-01

 

A matchmaking aunt wants her nephew to find love under the mistletoe…

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The Christmas Window


A matchmaking aunt wants her nephew to find love under the mistletoe...

All doggy daycare owner Callie Andrews wants for Christmas is to win first prize this year. The annual window display competition is a huge event in Silver Falls, and she’s determined to showcase her success when her family visits her small town. It's time for her parents and three older brothers to realize the "baby" of the family is thriving on her own.

The last thing Brandt Winslow wants to do is rehash the past, but returning home to Silver Falls means confronting the reason he left. His vacation, however, takes an unexpected turn when his well-meaning aunt meddles in his love life, and he finds himself caught up in her misguided efforts at matchmaking. 

Despite their reluctance at being paired up, Callie and Brandt discover the holidays are full of surprises...and romance. But is the magic of Christmas strong enough to keep the couple together through the new year?

 

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December might be six days away, but Silver Falls was ready for Christmas with fresh garland strung across First Avenue, streetlights decorated like candy canes, and twinkling lights, well, everywhere. The scents of pine and cedar hung on the air. The dusting of snow resembled pixie dust, another reminder of the magic of the season.

As Callie Andrews walked toward Wags and Tails, her doggy daycare, warmth flowed through her despite the freezing temperature on this overcast Monday morning. She loved how her small town celebrated the holidays. Loved the Christmas traditions of the First Avenue Business Association. Loved the nonstop cheer that overflowed from Thanksgiving to December twenty-fifth.

Who was she kidding?

She loved everything about this place.

Silver Falls was home.

Moving here and buying a business were the best decisions she’d made. This year would mark her third December in Silver Falls. She wanted to make the most of the holidays, especially with her family coming to visit. This Christmas would be perfect. Especially if her plans—updated last night on the flight home after spending Thanksgiving with her family in Los Angeles—worked out.

Why wouldn’t they?

Up ahead, a blue compact SUV parked in front of Tea Leaves & Coffee Beans, the only coffee shop in town. Raine Hanover—owner and barista extraordinaire—slid from the driver’s seat, opened the hatchback, and removed a large wreath.

“Good morning.” Callie stopped in front of the coffee shop’s window display of potted poinsettias, large bags of coffee beans painted with Norman Rockwell-type Christmas images, and twinkling white lights. “I hope you had a good Thanksgiving.”

“It was great, though I need to lose ten pounds after eating too many slices of pumpkin pie smothered in whipped cream.” Raine shut the hatch. “Thank goodness for leggings. No way could I zip my jeans this morning.”

“I know the feeling.”

A man wearing black sweats, a gray hoodie, and tennis shoes crossed the street toward them. He couldn’t be out for a morning run. Not without a hat and gloves. Must not be from around here.

He stepped onto the curb, giving Callie a full view of his face. Her jaw nearly dropped. He was gorgeous.

Her stomach fluttered.

Raine inhaled sharply. She must have noticed, too.

“Good morning.” His light brown hair was carelessly styled, almost as if he’d crawled out of bed and used his fingers as a comb.

Callie double-checked to make sure she wasn’t drooling. His stubble was sexy. Glasses gave him a nerdy vibe, but did nothing to dull his vibrant eyes. Drowning in those pools of blue would be so easy to do, but what a way to go.

He glanced at the door and then back at her. “Is the coffee shop open?”

As Raine stared—okay, leered—she hadn’t seemed to hear his question. Understandable. The barista’s boyfriend, Emmett, might not think so, but this wasn’t the typical eye candy found in Silver Falls.

Callie nudged her friend, trying to be inconspicuous. Luckily, the large wreath hid what she was doing.

“Uh, yes. Sorry.” Raine appeared dazed, but Callie didn’t blame her. This guy could be the next Bachelor of the Year, if the town awarded that title. “We’re open. Someone’s behind the counter. I’ll be right in.”

Raine’s words tumbled out one on top of the other as if she were nervous or flustered. Funny how an attractive guy could take intelligent, successful women right back to their tween days.

As he adjusted the right corner of his glasses, Callie couldn’t stop herself from gawking at him. He glanced at her, not seeming to notice her staring…or at least pretending he hadn’t. His grin—full of straight white teeth—sent her pulse sprinting.

“Have a wonderful day.”

His deep voice left her breathless. Or maybe that was his smile. Could have been his eyes.

Before she could think of anything to say, he went into the shop.

“Whoa.” Raine stared at the closed door. “Do you know him?”

“I’ve never seen him around. Trust me, I’d remember meeting someone with a face like that.”

“Me, too.” Raine whistled. “He’s hot.”

“Smokin’.”

Her mouth quirked. “He was eyeing you heavy. Want to call dibs?”

“Dibs?” Callie laughed. “No, thanks. You can.”

“Emmett would have an issue if I did that, but you—”

“I don’t have time for dating.”